Interfax China
PowerNet and China Communist Youth League develop "Anti-Japan War Online" game

Shanghai. August 23. INTERFAX-CHINA - PowerNet Technology, a Chinese online gaming firm, has developed a new online game in cooperation with the China Communist Youth League (CCYL) named "Anti-Japan War Online," which will begin commercial operation by the end of 2005, a PowerNet official said Tuesday.

"The game will allow players, especially younger players, to learn from history. They will get a patriotic feeling when fighting invaders to safeguard their motherland," a PowerNet Project Manager, surnamed Liu, told Interfax.

The background for "Anti-Japan War Online" is the Japanese invasion of China during World War II, from 1937 through 1945. Players are able to play simulations of key battles, but will only be able to play as the Chinese side...

The CCLY said in statement that few games on the Chinese market today generate a "national spirit" that can educate young players. As a result, the CCYL will actively partner with online gaming companies to jointly develop "patriotic" online games.

"'Anti-Japan War Online' is a patriotic online game that is both interesting and instructive, and can attract and guide young players," Chen Xiao, the CCLY official in charge of partnerships with online gaming firms, told Interfax...

I can imagine this game will be very popular. I wonder if they will let Japanese register to play. Is there any news about this in China? Do most people in China think this is a "good" thing? I'm very curious to see how the history is portrayed.

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OT1H I got no problem with this idea. Historical wargaming sims can be a great educational tool. That is of course assuming that the sim is based on known conditions and that the scenarios can allow for either re-enactment or "what if" situations.

OTOH I think that since all media in Communist China has to be state approved this is not going to be a sim at all but just another propaganda tool to increase xenophobia amongst the users.

What kinda creeps me out is that some group of people in China will be profiting off this propaganda exercise.

It is not so much that the game will exist. There are lots of war games around, some based on real history. The Chinese have as much right as anybody to replay conflicts from the past. The issue is with the terms in which the publicity is couched, as if it is obviously and uncomplicatedly a good thing for the youth to be anti-Japanese. It is also a bit odd to non-Chinese eyes that an official body like the Youth League is involved in pushing a game mainly about killing foreigners.

New horizons for brainwashing Chinese youth? Well, just hold on a minute. The game had better be pretty fun to play or else nobody's mind will be getting reprogrammed. A spoonful of sugar helps the propaganda go down.

It is also a bit odd to non-Chinese eyes that an official body like the Youth League is involved in pushing a game mainly about killing foreigners.

Odd? More like "typical". We Americans are getting used to threats of nuclear annihlation from top PLA officers. But hey - it's all in good fun and for the sake of "national spirit".

"I'm very curious to see how the history is portrayed."

I'm not, already know how it is going to be portrayed....

I think it's just another educational tool funded by the government, and I'm also pretty sure that this kind of games will NEVER be popular, because they have never been popular before. And, I'm Chinese, BTW.

Nod, I agree with what Mike said. first the Game should be pretty fun, or nobody would like to play with it. And I think it is for the sake of "national spirit"

i don't think people in China will play this game, especially
youth, they'd prefer to play WoW.

In the US, we have entire television networks mostly devoted to WW2 propaganda. Hell, was anyone watching the History channel at the beginning of the Iraq War? It was back to back "depravity of Saddam" propaganda movies for weeks!

Why is it a problem to shoot simulated Imperial Japanese troops but ok to mow down Nazis in countless video games?

>>Why is it a problem to shoot simulated Imperial Japanese troops but ok to mow down Nazis in countless video games?

partially because mowing down nazis is not usually portrayed as an "instructive" product.

is the CCYL an official, government related body? eg part of the in-power communist party? or is it a indie body like the boy scouts.. ?

that the govt. is endorsing this would be just as bad as Bush endorsing a "mow down iraqi insurgents" videogame.

I probably think the game will be very popular too. There is alot of pent up anger and hatred towards the japanese in the inner mainland provinces. It was the first time I had actually meet people that would actively refuse to buy japanese products and thats the culture there. I never had known this until I moved to chengdu as in the coastal cities this was never the case. I don;t think they will let japanese people register to play or else it will just end up into a flame war between the two sides like in one of the blogs hosted on my website: http://kangri.blogku.com/

@Edwyn

Maybe the game is a good way to release pent-up tension. Would be nice if it could serve as a proxy war that would eliminate the chances of actual conflict. Seems like it would be more likely to do the opposite, though.

last time I was in Shanghai I couldn't stop laughing at this show they had about Japanese attrocities against American G.I.s. It was really funny because they kept playing this sad romantic music behind these huge overweight American G.I.s who recounted their time in japanese pow camps as just another walk in the park. These dudes definitely didn't think of themselves as victims. I might add the British are getting in on the dragging up the remains of the Japanese occupation during WWII. While I agree the facist regime of Japan in WWII was horrendous, these are hardly new facts and their recent drawing up into the public sphere seems more like a hollywood gossip sheet than any form of poingnant moral outrage. But I'll leave the later to the BBC, I'm sure they'll come up with something good. I might add my students here in Korea have been vacationing in Japan and coming back with many japanese friends and a new view where once they simply stated they hated japan. one girl even got a japanbese boyfriend =)

peace,
A

my friends, i once played as you did, hating, hating, HATING the enemy, constantly worrying about being shot, stabbed, blown to smithereens and killed in various and sundry ways. but finally, i lost my virtual life one TOO MANY TIMES, and the moment came when i was forced to ascend and PLAY AS A GOD! i pitied my poor nazi and japanese enemies, who valiantly continued to shoot and shoot at me, even as their rounds were deflected harmlessly from my personage, and my once mighty hatred was reduced to pity, as i waded through their impotent forces to fulfill my now futile missions. i would laugh as i would leisurely walk through each level, setting a bomb here, or protecting a crashed pilot there, it all started to run together. blowing up and killing seemed to become... tedious.... so i dropped my infinite supply of weapons, except for a colt .45 and my forged nazi id papers,, which i was keeping for a souvenir.

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH, YOU CANNOT HARM ME, i would say, as the sniper's bullets would ping off of me. i would stop and pet the angry and vicious attack dogs who would be sent to bitify me. 'little doggies', i would say. 'your vicious bitings can not harm me, but your ceaseless barking is starting to annoy ..', and thusly would i leave them behind, ever snarling.

and then finally, i was done, completed the game by blowing up something. it was weeks later. i was back in my regular life, no longer a god, having wasted all of my precious time. so i don't play those games any more.

i like and dislike chinese, japanese, germans as much as i ever have, but i didn't learn any of that from playing games.

instead of hating certain countries, my new pursuit is hating certain corporations.

have a good life, all of you.

sr d

@ dean(13)

Okay, but what do you do when the "certain country" IS the corporation?

I worry that China is making the same mistake here in the 21st century that she has made over and over again during her illustrious and venerable history -- Chinese culture is the best, no self-examination required, to hell with all the others. I am always confused at how such brilliant and resourceful people can keep making the same, simple mistake throughout the millenia.

Although not directly related to the game mentioned in this post, I find this article about a new online gaming law in China quite interesting:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4183340.stm

I would also be interested in an article from China regarding this game (English and Chinese are both fine). I've looked around a little for something along the lines of 反对日战联机 or 反日战联机 and some other permutations, but didn't find anything useful... :(

I think that the way the Chinese are criticizing Japan is terribile.
The Chinese are saying that the Japanese killed 300,000 people in Nanking.
But Chinese official research in that era shows that there were only
250,000 people living in Nanking, so estimated body count is absurd.

China is still occupying Tibet. Many Tibetian temples were destoroyed by the Chinese.
And now, China doesn't even hide their wish to invade Taiwan.

I don't trust what China says. According to the Taiwanese newspaper 大紀元,
the Chinese government caused the death of 30 million of its own people: 20 million
during the Great Leap Forward, 10 million during the Cultural Revoltuion.

I find this really interesting. On one hand, we have a game based around a narrative that is portrayed as the truth. On the other hand, we have other narratives (such as those of some of commenters) that their view of the world is the truth. When it is all said and done, everytime we watch a movie about an African-American portraying a criminal or an image of American soldiers playing the hero in a movie, we attribute it to some semblance truth. Creating the viewers' suspension of disbelief is the modus operandi of art works, and as such, this game is doing the same.

This game will have about as much effect on people as movies have on our minds. Unless of course, you believe that the people who play this game are mindless idiots who are easily brainwashed?

China seems to have been very anxious to "make a comeback" in modern times for many decades now. You might say that "New China" has been in the making for the past 150 years. Lots of expectation, a large sense of entitlement. That's not a bad thing, neccessarily; except that it almost always manifests in an oppressive form of some kind. It comes out in threats of conquest, nuclear annihlation, or propaganda.

I think China is just too big to become anything other than an oppressive world power. That's mainly because there are no substantial political opposition groups that exist there. Give the provincial governments complete autonomy within the context of a federation, and then you'll really see sparks fly, IMHO. Pigs are more likely to fly out of my but, first.

Of course, if a Japanese person was really upset about this game, he or she might take satisfaction in realizing that residual Chinese anger and bruised pride over the war is ultimately a sign of weakness.

To Michael, #15:
In Chinese, it would not be 反对日本 but 抗日战争。
That's what the Chinese call the war against the Japanese.

Thanks, amida, I know how the war against Japan is called. :)

I just thought that the English name of the game sounds as if it was translated from a Chinese name, where 反日 or 反对日could mean "Anti-Japan", in the same way as Chinese officials use 反台独 when they speak out against Taiwan's independence (like in the 反分裂国家法).

However, I still haven't found a Chinese article on this game... :(

Funny thing is that 98% of all war games portray American troops as heros. Not as invaders as it would be most of the times correct ;-) That's what I call brain wash

@skype_fan (21)

You may be correct in what you say about war games with American troops, but it IS an separate issue. Whatever problems there may be with those games, they do not alleviate the need to call out problems with the Anti-Japanese online game.

Furthermore, the Chinese admit that the purpose of the online anti-Japanese game is to rally national spirit. American war games, IN PRACTICE, are not used for such causes of nationalism or propaganda.

Skype_fan, you are distorting the issue and that is a tactic typical of the extreme right -- including US Republicans and Communist Chinese. If you hate Japan and/or the US, have the courage to say so without distortion or diversionary speech.

Here is one (of many) things I don't understand. China is full of very smart people. A smart person realizes that this current trend of anti-Japanese treatment is just that: a trend. A trend part that is part and parcel of an obvious political motive to isolate Japan and thereby weaken her economic and political sway in Asia.

This is an act of overt agression that spells trouble for China as much as it does Japan. Mob rule against Japan may serve the Chinese government's purpose for awhile, but it is ultimately uncontollable, destructive, and costly. Are the intelligentsia of China going to fail their great country... again? Or is it simply that rich and powerful Chinese do not really value the livelihoods of their less wealthy countrymen?

And actually, I'm not really asking that question rhetorically because I know the answer.

@ Mike B.

"American war games, IN PRACTICE, are not used for such causes of nationalism or propaganda."

you really make me laugh

If you look at Iraq or Vietnam you see that games and politics to hand in hand in the US. True heros all over.

The other thing I can tell you is that I do love Japan. Its a great place to be.

i come from german... if we talking about online games and japan, we dont understand why some games are so popular. in german is the trend fist in coming. but the games more deeper and more complex (like http://fussballmanager.blogg.de or http://gladiator.blogg.de).

but we read it with interest :)

nice greetings from Berlin, Germany

seekXL :)

The other thing I can tell you is that I do love Japan. Its a great place to be.

Good.

If you look at Iraq or Vietnam you see that games and politics to hand in hand in the US. True heros all over.

Yeah, I think those games are tasteless, myself. That's why I don't buy them or play them. But there is no "American Capitalist Youth League" trying to promote them for "National Spirit". I think you understand the point I'm trying to make.


Game is game, "National Spirit" is "National Spirit". As a game, it must be interesting, so people will play it. If the game full of "National Spirit" but lack of funny, few people will like. Game is for fun, not something else. And "Anti-Japanese War" means the War against the invade of Japanese. We are defender and vitim.

We are defender and vitim.

How about keeping it real, instead of wallowing in your persecution complex in a make-believe world? China is better than that.

"that the govt. is endorsing this would be just as bad as Bush endorsing a "mow down iraqi insurgents" videogame."

The Bush administration have released a game, America's Army, which is about mowing down guerrilla's and insurgents and to brainwash young people to join the army and has been developed by the Department of Defence for this specific purpose. Is not brainwashing stupid young Americans worse than releasing a game to bring the nation together? Although both these are bad, the Americans are much worse than the Chinese, in every way, and Japan is the vassal state of American economic imperialism

Japanese invasion to neighboring countries during WW II had created a lot of hard feelings amongst Asian countries. Allies who had fought in Asia during the war also had very bitter feelings about the Japanese monstrosities. For those who do not know about all these history, please do some research.

Today, the Japanese right wing prints textbooks for high school kids denying the fact that they have invaded these Asian countries. Japan has been painting a picture that they are the victims of war, the A bombs.

The Japanese Premier still goes to pay tribute to war criminals. Even today, the Emperor has not apologized to China and Korea.

This is the fact, it is not propaganda. This is difficult for many Asian countries to swallow.

Charlie:The Bush administration have released a game, America's Army, which is about mowing down guerrilla's and insurgents and to brainwash young people to join the army and has been developed by the Department of Defence for this specific purpose.

Dude. Keep it real. By that I mean, stay intellectually honest. Bullshit in America does not alleviate the need to call out bullshit in China. If anything, China has another opportunity to one-up America by not replicating US stupidity. Didn't your Mom ever tell you, "Two wrongs don't make a right"?

Charlie: Is not brainwashing stupid young Americans worse than releasing a game to bring the nation together?

No, it didn't brainwash anyone. The game didn't sell, and in case you hadn't noticed, American support for the Iraq war and President Bush is at an all time low. Don't you know that? Or have you only been watching Chinese State run media? (I personally HATE Bush, and there are millions of other Americans like me.)

Charlie: Although both these are bad, the Americans are much worse than the Chinese, in every way, and Japan is the vassal state of American economic imperialism

And the Chinese are never able to free themselves of the controls of their oppressive goverments. They just follow their patriarchal governments like sheep; they hope for some magical father figure in the government to take care of them. You had better watch closely what your PLA is doing, like threatening the US with nuclear annihlation. I mean, honestly -- how do you think the US would respond to a nuclear attack from China? Don't kid yourself. And by saying, "Chinese are better than the Americans in everyway", you exposed yourself as a person who is not open to self-examination. That probably also means that you are mentally unable to formulate a cogent analysis of this issue.

"Chinese are better than the Americans in everyway"

It is that very arrogance that has held China back for millenia. Repeating the same mistake indefintely is stupid. You'll get what you always got if you do what you always did.

Japan is the vassal state of American economic imperialism

In some ways, you are correct. But you said that because you really just represent a Japan-US alliance.

Charlies angels: Japanese invasion to neighboring countries during WW II had created a lot of hard feelings amongst Asian countries.

We know the history, we just got over it. Almost everyone who fought in that war is long dead. My family lost two men to the War in the Pacific. We even know the name of the Japanese officer who killed my great uncle with a bayonet to the eardrum. And we've forgiven that man. We do not use that violent legacy as an excuse to get jingoistic or indulge in the occasional adrenaline high of hatred and resentment.

Charlies angels: Today, the Japanese right wing prints textbooks for high school kids denying the fact that they have invaded these Asian countries. Japan has been painting a picture that they are the victims of war, the A bombs.

Okay, so you're gonna show them by pulling the same bullshit? I thought you were supposed to be better than the Japanese in "every way"

The Japanese Premier still goes to pay tribute to war criminals. Even today, the Emperor has not apologized to China and Korea.

I wish the Emperor would apologize. But you must realize that by demanding him to do so, you are asking him to hang himself, figuratively speaking. He cannot capitulate to rallying cries from foreign countries. And neither should Chinese leaders. Unfortunately, the Emperor lost his opportunity to apologize without prompting many years ago.
And anyway, you are just making excuses to get self-righteous.

Charlies Angels: This is the fact, it is not propaganda. This is difficult for many Asian countries to swallow.

They should not swallow it. And they should not forget. But if you insist on retribution almost 100 years later, then you are tempting fate by forcing the Japanese to once again take a more aggressive military stance. And you are exposing yourselves in the eyes of history as a self-righteous people looking for excuses to bully the rest of the World.


In some ways, you are correct. But you said that because you really just represent a Japan-US alliance.

Meant to say, "In some ways, you are correct. But you said that because you really just resent the Japan-US alliance."

The funniest thing in the interfax article is:

'Chen Xiao, the CCLY official in charge of partnerships with online gaming firms, told Interfax. "We will pay close attention to the authenticity of historical facts in the game."'

pffft

This is a propaganda for sure. The PRC has been lying about its tiny role during WWII. Now the government is trying to diversify its channels for patriotic education in addition to state-censored textbooks, state-censored TV stations and state-censored books.

This will be very popular in mainland China. This game is the remedy for the masses who suffer from inferiority-complex.

This is the commercial movie of "Anti-Japan Online". It seems to me that they are trying to raise up the Chinese youth's hatred against Japanese via violence instead of teaching them not to repeat the past. (sigh) Brainless Chinese Government.
Here's the link: http://21playbig5.jxnews.com.cn/system/2005/08/05/002121605.shtml
It's Chinese name is "抗日online"

Thanks for that clip. Damn. Never mind the overt propaganda. It was rather racist, if you ask me.

It's too bad that the CCYL is mistaking peurile hostility for virtue. Frankly, it doesn't speak very well of them at all. If they allow their overt aggressions to manifest beyond their borders, looks like they will be in for some very nasty surprises.

i think that not war is war, but the agression is the sign up that it it.

This is kinda amazing to see that people here keep bashing China for creating this online game to "raise up the Chinese hatred against Japanese."

Well, by the time the Chinese government is busy designing new games to "raise the Chinese' hatred against the Japanese," a Japanese game company - SystemSoft Alpha - have already been designing games that "raise up the Japanese fear/hatred against the Chinese and Americans for years. I am suprised that so few of the people here recognized that. Is that all are ignorant?

Some of the name of games are listed below:

1) 大戦略 大東亜興亡史 http://www.ss-alpha.co.jp/products/daitoa.html

2) 現代大戦略2004~日中国境紛争勃発! http://www.ss-alpha.co.jp/products/ds2004.html

3) 現代大戦略2001 ~海外派兵への道~ http://www.ss-alpha.co.jp/products/ds2001.html

4) 現代大戦略2003~テロ国家を制圧せよ http://www.ss-alpha.co.jp/products/ds2003.html

Please note that テロ国家 includes China since the mission includes:

北朝鮮動乱・特殊部隊を排除せよ
北朝鮮動乱・元山上陸作戦
北朝鮮動乱・平壌への道
北朝鮮動乱・統一を阻む者
中国崩壊・ウイグル独立戦争
中国崩壊・沿海州の反乱
中国崩壊・チベット解放の大義
中国崩壊・満州建国再び
米国VS悪の枢軸・もうひとつのイラク戦争(★)
米国VS悪の枢軸・米軍、シリア侵攻(★)
米国VS悪の枢軸・イスラムの怒り(★)
イラクVS悪の帝国・サダムの聖戦
アフガン内戦・アルカイダ復活
アフガン内戦・悲劇の平和維持活動
首都圏独立・国境の町
首都圏独立・相模湾沖海戦
北朝鮮電撃戦・米軍北朝鮮侵攻!!
日露激突!・北方領土奪還作戦
日露激突!・ロシア軍北海道進駐
NATO分裂・修復できぬ溝

When compared to SystemSoft Alpha's highly popular Big Strategy, the "Anti-Japan Online" is NOTHING.

You have a point there, Charles. But here's where the difference lies, I think.

Japan fears China.
China furnishes many reasons to be feared.

I HATE JAPANESE
this one should b really amusin'

-_^

The more you hate the Japanese, the more you reduce their Karmic debt.

I feel a draft. Is that the kamikaze blowing? (This one should b really amusin')

Hi everybody... first of all before I start. I am Chinese myself (Hong Kong to be exact). Okey we got it clear? Good, let start. (sorry for my English)

I try my best to voice for most Chinese people feelings for this Japan thing.
Most Chinese "dont" really hate present day Japan, but mainly we just hated their Grandparents who was in the war. But the media just made it looks like 90% of Chinese are Anti-Japanese. Remember 1% of Chinese population seems HUGE in the Media (well thats due to our large population).

Anyways when things quiet down they will then use their Sony Cell fone and then go eat Japanese food (which is the fad).
Anyways I am just doing my best to make a voice on behold of my people that Chinese dont hate Japan, but on the same time we will never forget. A jewish girlfriend told me once that "If people forget the past history tend to repeat" (her grandma escaped from Holocaust).

Anyways about the Chinese government... Chinese people always prefered to have a government with an Iron hand. If you look throughout history most of our emperors has always been "dictatorical" it is due because of the Confucious ideology "Leader must be hard but Fair". You must remember that China got billion of people and it is very hard to look after so many people. The only way is to be "hard but fair" . No matter how much gwailos says Chinese history and culture is more complex to understand than your local dim sum menu.

One thing you must remember.... Chinese ordinary people hardly care about politics.... for them.. the most important is that "Whats the dinner for today?" attitude. So even if they made this computer game... it wont change anything.

Even if there is no computer game like this one... Chinese school has always taught children to "Love your motherland" and this was way before Communism came.
The reason why China want children to be Patriotical is because throughout history... China has always been target by foreign power.... the Hsiung Nu.... Turkic Muslims... The Mongols... the Manchurians... The Japanese (in Toyotomi 1600 era but they made it only to Korea)... the Europeans...

So thats why we Chinese usually are careful in front of strangers. However, if you gain the trust of a Chinese they will be open to you though.

Anyways sorry for my long writing... I hope you guys who are in this board dont look at my country wrong, because I am proud of being a Chinese not because of the "propoganda" the reason why I am proud is because I read the history books (both in English and in Chinese).
I dont hate any nationalities or country...if you ask me.. yes I hated the Imperial Japanese army...BUT not present day Japan.

Han. You really made me sorry for some of the things I said in this thread. That's because you wrote such a great comment. You have taught me to think more before I speak. Thanks.

It is amazing (again) that no one here bring up this story. What story you may ask. One of the the most popular Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily today report that SystemSoft Alpha (the company I have mentioned at my post written on September 13, 2005) will launch a new version of the very popular "Big Strategy" game on November 18, 2005.

http://www.ss-alpha.co.jp/products/ds2005.html

This time, not only the "Chinese Empire" 中華帝国 included, Korea is also on the "hit list"

Let's see what "missions" are included in this new game - 現代大戦略2005~護国の盾・イージス艦隊~:

日韓攻防戦・襲来!反日漁船団
日韓攻防戦・竹島を死守せよ ( as if 竹島 is a Japanese territory)
日韓攻防戦・済州島前哨戦
日韓攻防戦・済州島制圧戦
日韓攻防戦・上対馬奪還戦
日韓攻防戦・下対馬奪還戦
落日の金王国・核施設掃討作戦
落日の金王国・美浜原発防衛戦
落日の金王国・報復の応酬
落日の金王国・正男VS正哲・正雲
落日の金王国・奮闘!改革解放軍
中華帝国の暴走・波高し!東シナ海 (China is Chinese empire now)
中華帝国の暴走・邦人大脱出
中華帝国の暴走・沖之鳥島攻防戦
中華帝国の暴走・尖閣諸島攻防戦
中華帝国の暴走・元寇再来!!
地獄のイラク撤退
中央アジア紛争・常任理事国への試金石
中央アジア紛争・ウズベク東部戦線
中央アジア紛争・ウズベク西部戦線
EU崩壊の序曲・水戦争勃発
EU崩壊の序曲・紛争拡大
EU崩壊の序曲・第3次欧州大戦
フォークランド紛争・海上戦(★1980年代シナリオ)
フォークランド紛争・陸上戦(★1980年代シナリオ)
米国東西戦争・ネオコンVSリベラル(★キャンペーン戦)

how i can download this game ?

But that's a history. Of course it's a good way of learning but today we live in a diiferent world. Why don't russians have a game like "Attack Germans" or smth like that? I think it's immoral.

@ Domain ... it is a only game - you need no downloads and it is free :)

I am me not reliably whether one such play have must, I think lead rather to an anti sympathy opposite Japan, when that it which would bring

No one should create a ANTI-any nation game!

I think China is just too big to become anything other than an oppressive world power. That's mainly because there are no substantial political opposition groups that exist there. Give the provincial governments complete autonomy within the context of a federation, and then you'll really see sparks fly, IMHO. Pigs are more likely to fly out of my but, first.

I think the problem here and in other militainment game genres is that you are only ever given the choice to play as one side. AJWO is not the first, and will not be the last of this genre.
Have any of you looked at America's Army, Kuma War, or any of the various first person shooters that many pseudo-terrorist organisations use to recruit with?
Games, like any media product is going to be inherently biased ideologically.
IMO so long as AJWO is quite clearly marketed as an excercise in patriotism, which it is, we really ought to give game playes a little credit that they won't swallow other people's agendas any more readily than you or me.

I think this are stupid games, war is everywhere in the world, we should be carefully with this games for childs or for older people.

It would be better we cook together - japanese and chinese food is absolutely great!

Nod, I agree with what Mike said. first the Game should be pretty fun, or nobody would like to play with it. And I think it is for the sake of "national spirit"

how i can download this game ? i want to play

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I agree with what Mike said. first the Game should be pretty fun, or nobody would like to play with it. And I think it is for the sake of "national spirit"

Well, I'm neither from Japan or China, but this is a very interesting idea. The point of the game, by the write-up, is not really to give a historical feel as much as to give a patriotic feel. I also wonder how true it is to the real-life historical events, but history is always subjective so I suppose we can't get nitpicky about this kind of stuff. Having a patriotic wargame, I guess, is the same as having a patriotic war movie. I really depends how everything is depicted – is it gruesome? Are you torturing people? That kind of thing can raise a few eyebrows – and rightly so.

This game sounds awesome to terrorists, for us normal people, its just one nation hating another!

..I think the problem here and in other militainment game genres is that you are only ever given the choice to play as one side. AJWO is not the first, and will not be the last of this genre.
Have any of you looked at America's Army, Kuma War, or any of the various first person shooters that many pseudo-terrorist organisations use to recruit with?
Games, like any media product is going to be inherently biased ideologically.
IMO so long as AJWO is quite clearly marketed as an excercise in patriotism, which it is, we really ought to give game playes a little credit that they won't swallow other people's agendas any more readily than you or me....

great news. well done

Let's not kid around here. This article itself is a type of propaganda, against China or Chinese communism. Can the game really be translated as 'anti-japan' or is that just the most convenient translation of the those who are wanting to use this game as propaganda to prove that their system works, and the Chinese Communist one is clearly in fault?
I think you can see where I'm going with this. The media is not interested in justice, only judgement. Calling the game 'anti-japan' may not be the only translation. The whole article, in fact, has its own underlying propaganda.
I'm not for communism by a long shot, but extreme capitalism is a whole other story as well...

Where can I download this game? It’s really interesting. I’m kind of anti-Japan too because I can’t forget what they did to my countrymen during the Japanese occupation here in our country.

The article about this "Anti-Japan War Online" sounds good, but where can i download this game? Is it a game to download ^^ ?

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